Social media influencer arrested for breaking quarantine, released after posting $2,000 bail

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A social media influencer was arrested Friday morning, July 24, for violating the state’s mandatory quarantine order.

Officials say that 20-year-old Anne Salamanca arrived in Honolulu from Birmingham, Alabama, on July 6. Four days later, the Hawaii Tourism Authority found that she was out in public breaking quarantine.

HTA informed the agents with the Attorney General’s Office. Videos were also provided showing her dancing in a store and out dining with companions. 

The 20-year-old has over a million social media followers. It was reported that in a video she posted that a law enforcement officer told her that if she had proof of a negative COVID-19 test, it was okay for her to escape quarantine. 

Attorney General Clare E. Connors shut that notion down.

“None of my investigators would convey that information, as it is incorrect. The fact Ms. Salamanca has so many followers makes her actions that much more dangerous and concerning.  The spread of misinformation can have very severe consequences during an emergency situation like we are in now,” Connors said.

On Thursday, an anonymous caller identified the store where she was shown dancing. AG agents contacted the store, which confirmed the report of her dancing there two days into her required quarantine period. 

Salamanca was arrested in Waipahu on Friday, July 24. She was released after relatives posted $2,000 bail.

She is the 24th person on Oahu to be arrested by the Dept. of the Attorney General for violating the travel self-quarantine order. 

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